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Red Thread Thinking: Weaving Together Connections for Brilliant Ideas and Profitable Innovation by Debra Kaye

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12 Emotion and Reason

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

—BABE RUTH

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Passion is not blind allegiance to your idea. On the contrary, it’s a willingness to explore, experiment, play, invest energy, hit a dead end, and then chase a new direction that allows your mind to refine, revise, alter, and grow good ideas. Doing interesting things requires both effort and execution—you can’t move an idea very far without some deep-seated call to action. Achievement demands connecting to your personal motivations and desires, but then reaching beyond your feelings, and often past your comfort zone, so that you can expand your knowledge, face obstacles with curiosity rather than fear, accept and judge criticism, and act, always ...

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